Fifty third, fourth, and fifth grade students recently participated in the fourth annual Camp Invention at the Fulford Center on the campus of East Georgia State College. The week-long adventure encouraged hands-on problem-solving using science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
“We are thrilled to offer Camp Invention to local students for the fourth year,” said Jean Schwabe, Fulford Center Director. “The hands-on curriculum helps to further insert curiosity into a child’s everyday lifestyle. As the need for skilled STEM professionals increases, we believe we are setting the students up for success by offering programs like Camp Invention.”
This year’s camp curriculum, EPIC, featured four modules, including CrickoBot, where campers constructed and personalized a do-it-yourself solar-powered cricket and a unique habitat. Campers worked in teams to design an eco-adventure park and discovered the science of slime, demolition, electronic sound, giant squid, and coding in The Lab: Where Pigs Fly. They also brainstormed product ideas and built original prototypes using real tools and components found in everyday devices.
The program was taught by local educators Macy Fagler and Mary Pate Gay, and Erin Youmans, Magnolia Midlands GA Youth Science and Technology Center Coordinator. Taylor Hooks, a sophomore at East Georgia State College, and Malanie Jackson and Xaishia Sutton, both sophomores at Georgia Southern University, served as Leadership Interns. Sierra Andrews, a sophomore at Swainsboro High School, assisted as a Fulford Teen Volunteer.
Nordson Corporation, a national sponsor of Camp Invention, and the local Mill Creek Foundation provided camp scholarships for each of the fifty participants.